Flavour Report with Derek Goforth: Quality, flavour and beautiful vista a shore bet at Paddock to Plate event

Derek GoforthMidwest Times
Yanget Farm from above.
Camera IconYanget Farm from above. Credit: Dylan Alcock

Matt Moran’s Paddock to Plate event was a gastronomic adventure that I had the pleasure of experiencing last week.

Set in the stunning Yanget Farm, east of our beautiful city, the Shore Leave event was a feast for the senses, with breath-taking views, delicious food and a warm and welcoming atmosphere.

As I arrived, I was struck by the sheer beauty of the location. The farm was nestled in a picturesque valley with rolling hills, and I couldn’t help but wonder whether the food would be able to live up to the stunning vista.

The hosts of the event ensured that we felt welcome from the moment we arrived. We were greeted with a selection of drinks, including a delicious spiced rum cocktail featuring Illegal Tender Rum.

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As we sipped our cocktails, we were offered a range of aperitifs, including Barama-salata on vegetable crisps and veg crudites with a delightful pumpkin seed dip.

The event was set up in a family-style shared table arrangement, with nearly 300 guests seated at five long tables. I was fortunate enough to be seated at a table with some of the most interesting and engaging people I’ve ever met, including local politicians, businesspeople and foodies. The atmosphere was electric, with guests chatting and laughing throughout the evening.

As we sat down at the table, we were presented with wattleseed sourdough from Breadright bakery, grilled peppers and Baston Grove olives. The food just kept coming, and we were in for a real treat.

There were highlights for everyone at the table, and it was clear that the quality of the food was exceptional.

One of my tablemates raved about the Yanget Farm Steak Tartare, which had a subtle sour taste that contrasted perfectly with the robust meaty flavor. Another guest was a huge fan of the carrot salad, which was flavoured unusually with pastrami and garlic.

For me, the star of the meal was the lamb shoulder, which arrived falling off the bone. The meat had been slow-roasted to perfection and was accompanied by a mint salsa and beetroot that were simply divine.

The flavors were perfectly balanced, and the quality of the meat was exceptional.

The dessert was the perfect end to the evening. We were presented with a crunchy, chewy meringue filled with diced grilled pineapple and mascarpone. The sweetness of the pineapple contrasted perfectly with the creamy mascarpone, and the texture of the meringue was the perfect way to finish off the meal.

We washed it all down with some delicious shiraz and port, which rounded off the evening perfectly.

At just under $400 per person, the price tag for the event was certainly reflected in the quality of the food and the attention to detail. The organisers had gone above and beyond to make the guests feel welcomed and looked after.

It was clear that they had put a lot of thought and effort into creating an event that was both memorable and enjoyable.

From the stunning location to the delicious food and warm atmosphere, this event was a truly unforgettable experience and absolute delight for anyone who loves good food, good company and a beautiful setting. I can’t wait to attend again in the future.

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